Welcome to the Online Magazine dedicated to celebrating and supporting women in business. You may be working hard, but it is so crucial to unwind. Read Why Play is So Important. Are you suffering from a foggy brain? Read Better Brain Health – We Are What We Eat! The older the better - read Over 40 and Looking to Start Your Own Business? Of course, as always, we feature a growing List of female-owned businesses for you to support. A quick resource at your fingertips to find the products and services you need, while also championing your sisters. Enjoy the June edition!
Although we may have been taught by society that play is frivolous, the truth of the matter is that play isn’t a luxury, in reality it is a necessity if we are to function at our fullest potential. The less time we give to include play in our lives, the closer we move towards a depressive state.....
For decades we have been surrounded by sweet and fatty foods, which we very often include in our daily eating habits and diets. Do our mental health, our moods and our brain abilities suffer from the wrong kind of nutrition?.....
The older you are the greater your chances of success. Those over 50 are often twice as likely to be successful as those under 25. Consider Arianna Huffington, the media mogul and entrepreneur, who launched her first media company in her 50s.....
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For decades we have been surrounded by sweet and fatty foods which we very often include in our daily eating habits and diets.
Do our mental health, our moods, and our brain abilities suffer from the wrong kind of nutrition?
You would probably agree that junk food is making us fat and obese, but did you know that science is now telling us that it might also be shrinking our brains? Brain researchers have conducted studies around the effects of our eating habits and found that diets that are high in fat and sugar, in the long term, lead to changes in the part of the brain involved in memory.
Habitual intake of foods high in fat and sugar may result in a reprogramming of the brain. In short, our brain is affected by what is on our plates. It all starts with our very first meal, even before birth.
As we know, the brain is built up during pregnancy, so how it functions later depends on how it has been nourished by the expectant mother’s diet. Poor nutrition during gestation can cause repercussions of nutrition on brain function.
Felice Jacka, a professor at the University of Melbourne, examined the behaviour of babies after following the eating habits of 23,000 pregnant women. Measured was the intake of junk and processed foods, intake of healthy foods, foods with lots of fibre and nutrients, etc. The emotional health of their children was then looked at over the first few years of life from 18 months to 5 years. Education, income, mothers’ mental health and parenting practices were considered. What was clearly noticable was that mothers who ate more junk and processed foods experienced children with more behaviours, such as aggression, anger and tantrums. This disquieting correlation suggests that the mother’s diet impacts the mental development of the baby. However, the children’s diet seemed to be important as well, independent of what the mother ate. If children were eating too much junk and processed foods, and/or not enough healthy foods, they had more of these anger and aggressive-type behaviours, as well as sadness, anxiety, worry and nightmares.
Since then, Professor Jacka's conclusions have been confirmed by studies in Spain, the Netherlands and Canada. Excess fat and sugar are now in the sights of scientists working on the brain.
Junk food is often low on essential nutrients.
But when asked if diet can also influence thoughts and decisions, very few people are willing to believe this is the case. However, at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Lübeck in Germany, Professor Soyoung Park has, for the first time, proven it.
Her work reveals the mechanism by which food could influence our thoughts.
What we eat can, within hours, subtly alter the chemistry of the brain and thus the communication between the neurons.
Since we generally eat three times a day, every day, our food has an enormous power which is able to modify and shape us. It is therefore important to choose well what we eat to promote our well-being and optimise our mental state. Not only does an unbalanced diet affect our brain functions and behaviour, but it can interfere with our everyday decisions and moods.
But what about junk food, dripping with sugar and bad fats?
• Only four days on a junk food-type diet will have a negative impact on cognitive functions
• Eating too much fat and sugar triggers an inflammatory reaction that spreads to the neuron
• An overly rich diet confuses the immune system
• Foods that are high in sugar have an addiction that is stronger than the pull of hard drugs, such as cocaine and heroin
We hope that if people understand that what they put in their mouths is really essential to the health of their brains and that of their children, this may then have a more profound impact on people’s dietary choices. Study: Meditation Squeezes Cortisol From Our Cells Like A Dirty Dish Sponge
"The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but will rather cure and prevent disease with nutrition" - Thomas Edison
One of Brene Brown’s 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living are Cultivating Play and Rest, Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth.
Play is the exact opposite of how most over-achievers live their lives, in that everything they do has to have a purpose. All time must be tracked and accounted for and there is a constant concern how they’re appearing to others.
Although we may have been taught by society that play is frivolous, the truth of the matter is that play isn’t a luxury - in reality it is a necessity if we are to function at our fullest potential. The less time we give to include play in our lives, the closer we move towards a depressive state.
“The opposite of play is not work, the opposite of play is depression.” Stuart Brown - Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul
Taking time out to just be in the moment, doing something without a goal or aim, is a perfect chance to rest your busy mind and allow your childlike spirit to take control.
If you watch little children, they love to climb, draw, sing, dance and play make-believe. They draw weird squiggles that they explain are a cat or tree, or person, and sing loudly and with any of their own made-up words. How freeing to be unabashedly creative without the worry of your efforts being judged. This is true play!
Children are the perfect example of our own natural human creativity. But sadly, at a certain age, they develop self-consciousness, beginning to fear judgment that their creative work isn’t “good enough.” Over time this constant comparison with others discontinues our creative habits. When your creative muscles don’t get used regularly, you stop seeing yourself as a creative and doing anything creative makes you feel strange and uncomfortable.
The good news is you can never lose your ability to be creative. That creative force within you is always alive, you just need to clear out the blockages and tap into it.
1. Doing something without a set purpose
2. Something you get lost in and lose track of time
3. You lose any self-consciousness and just allow yourself to BE in the moment
1. Start to make things. What’s a way you used to love being creative, but haven’t practiced in a while? What’s a creative class you’ve always wanted to take? Get drawing, painting, sewing, knitting.
2. Bring your awareness to times when you find yourself comparing yourself to others. Do this without judgement, simply to observe how it makes your body feel to be in this state. Then, get creative and start to journal – turn your focus within and clarify your feelings, and then what do you value? What’s important for you right now in your current situation?
3. Write, dance, sing – be silly. Play and laughter go hand in hand.
The number of women-owned businesses increased nearly 3,000% since 1972 according to the "2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report" commissioned by American Express. Not only that, but between 2017 and 2018 women started an average of 1,821 new businesses per day in the U.S.
“With women now making up a whopping 40% of new entrepreneurs, it’s clear that more women are turning to entrepreneurship than ever before” – Forbes
The reality is that women are still the primary caregivers. Being your own boss can allow for more freedom and flexibility than working for someone else. Having your own business also allows you to charge in accordance with your worth and delivery of services and product. If you are your own boss, then you are in the unique position to determine your own rates.
Working for yourself means that “you are in the driver’s seat”, you not only have control over your business activities, but also get to choose your clientele and business partners. The belief that working for a company offers you the only stability can not be seen as true. Many women have experienced various changes at some point in their corporate working careers, such as retrenchment, restructuring and reorganisation. These scenarios often result in changes which are out of one’s control and can have a negative impact on one’s career and life in general.
More women are starting businesses to escape the “glass ceiling effect”, an unacknowledged barrier to advancement in a profession, especially affecting women and members of minorities.
We at “That’s HER Business” believe the world needs more products and services that reflect the true beauty inside each one of us, enabling us to empower ourselves and others as we discover our strengths. Thereby offering sisterly support, with grace and fearlessness as we inspire each other along the way! This way we will also be able to create further viable work opportunities for those around us by imparting our knowledge and experience to others.
If there is one thing that should not stop you from starting your own business, it’s your age!
The older you are, the greater your chances of success. Those over 50 are often twice as likely to be successful as those under 25. Consider Arianna Huffington. Now 70, the media mogul and entrepreneur launched her first media company, The Huffington Post, in May 2005 in her 50s and went on to launch her second media company, Thrive Global, thereafter.
“Almost a third of start-up founders are over 40, according to a recently released survey of more than 700 founders from First Round, a seed stage venture capital firm which also hosts events and offers resources to help start-up founders launch their companies”.
It is the combination of successful project completion skills, together with real life experience, that helps the older entrepreneur to identify and action more realistic business opportunities. Understanding of a need comes with experience - and experience comes with age.